Preventing Errors and Near Misses in Surgery: Strategies for Individuals and Teams
Errors are inherent risk in complex human activity. Cognitive science has shown that the mental processes required for continuous learning are inextricably connected to the processes that allow errors. This program will facilitate a better understanding of the most common types of human factors errors, why they occur, and the contexts in which they occur. Realistic patient scenarios are used to depict situations that are experienced frequently in everyday surgical practice. Designed for individual use or teaching purposes, the program will help surgeons and other members of the surgical team to be vigilant in watching for these errors in surgical practice, and in applying strategies to help prevent them and mitigate their effects.
This course will facilitate a better understanding of the most common types of human factor errors, why they occur, and the contexts for occurrence. The program will help surgeons and other members of the surgical team to be vigilant in watching for these errors in surgical practice, and in applying strategies to help prevent them and mitigate their effects. The course is designed for individual use or teaching purposes, and includes a toolbox with supplemental resources.
- Practicing Surgeons
- Physicians, Nurses or medical professionals
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Identify in surgical practice the most common types of human factors errors made by individuals and teams, including errors resulting from judgment, errors resulting form inattention to detail and errors resulting from a failure to understand the problem
- Apply individual and team-based strategies to prevent such errors from occurring
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In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.
The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.
Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
Conflict of Interest
Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.
The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.
Faculty and Disclosures
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.
Release, Review, and Termination Dates
Release date: 10/1/2023
Termination date: 10/31/2026
CME Credit Claiming Information
In order to claim a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion, the following requirements will need to be completed:
- Review all course materials
- Complete all tests
- Course evaluation
Participants may only claim a maximum of 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for this activity.
- 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 3.00 Certificate of Completion
You will be asked to enroll into the course and complete the registration process. Once you have completed the registration process, an email will be sent to you with the confirmation and course login information.
- ACS Fellows - $150
- Nonmembers - $220
- ACS Resident members - $70
- Resident nonmembers - $35
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